Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Lancaster Estate 2005 "Estate Bottled" Cabernet Sauvignon reveals lush ripeness, with
deep black cherry and plum characters, accented by lavender and spice. Supportive tannins
provide structure for the rich fruit, and layers of complexity carry over the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
"A massive wine that absolutely demands time in the cellar, Lancaster’s ’05 is nearly all Cabernet, with tiny amounts of the other four Bordeaux varieties. It stuns with the power and authenticity of its hilly Cabernet origins, offering vast black currant, orange rind, anise and smoky oak flavors that implode on the palate. But the tannins are hard. It should blossom and fully come into its own after 2010."
"Aromas of ripe plum and blueberry offer a defined mineral influence. An exciting, youthful Cab with layers of black fruit, lightly charred oak and a flinty, mineral quality running through the core. Great weight and intensity with youthful tannins in the lengthy finish."
The Wine News
"5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Malbec; 2% Merlot; 1% Petit Verdot. A bit brooding and closed at present, this substantial young wine delivers plenty of depth and fruit extract from the start. It slowly unfolds to show plenty of dense, curranty fruit aligned with lots of sweet, slightly vanillin oak, and its incisive varietal flavors stay the course even as ample tannins come into play. A successful and serious effort in need of time in the cellar, it will not reach its best until a decade has passed."
"Slightly superior is the outstanding 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which offers up scents of fruitcake, soil undertones, forest floor, and copious quantities of black cherries and black currants as well as soft tannins in its dense, medium to full-bodied personality. It is ideal for drinking over the next decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Full ruby-red. Aromas of plum, currant, tobacco and dark chocolate show a bit more lift than the 2006 bottling. Supple but juicy, with a light touch to the nicely concentrated flavors of dark fruits, graphite and brown spices. Finishes with good length and clarity, and finer tannins than the '06."
International Wine Cellar
This is a MUST wine for any enthusiast who enjoys BIG Napa cabernets! Personally I think it's the next Opus One waiting to be discovered. Just returned from the tasting room and met Jennifer the Winemaker and we had a wonderfullly personable experience. This is a must have item for your collection. It is drinkable right away but will keep well for the next 6 to 10 years.
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Lancaster Estate is a vineyard and winery in the classic Bordeaux tradition. Lancaster Estate"s Alexander Valley appellation luxury wines are limited-edition, 100 percent estate-grown Cabernet family varietals from our 53 acre hillside property. The winery focuses on one wine per year, a blend which is entirely vintage and estate-reflective.
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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